Human Kinds, Animals and Global Geography in Early Modern China

November 3, 2016 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Room 305, Third Floor, Founders College
York University
Toronto, ON M3J
Critical China Study Group

yuming-heYuming He, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Davis

This talk explores the specific pathways through which a burgeoning literature on the earth and its inhabitants was made accessible to readers of diverse social strata in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century China, and how this epistemological process was shaped by a set of linguistic, pictorial, and cartographical strategies popularized by commercial woodblock printing, which aimed not only to inform, but also to amuse and astonish.

Yuming He received her BA and MA from Peking University and PhD from UC Berkeley. She taught at Reed College and the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at UC Davis. Her recent work is focused on the history of the book, theater, and epistemological processes in late-imperial China. Her book Home and the World: Editing the “Glorious Ming” in Woodblock-printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries won the 2015 Joseph Levenson Book Prize.

This is the first event for 2016.2017 in the Knowledge Production in East Asia Series organized by the Critical China Study Group.

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